Home of the Year

Behind the door of this concrete house lies Australia’s ‘Home of the Year’

PHOTO: Through the front door of this flat-roofed concrete house in a gated community on the Gold Coast is Australia’s ‘Home of the Year’.

Through the front door of a flat-roofed concrete house in a gated community on the Gold Coast is Australia’s ‘Home of the Year’.

The riverfront three-bedroom took the top gong at the 2020 Housing Awards in May, with judges praising its understated elegance inspired by tropical climates.

Owner Tracey Morland commissioned her award-winning architect cousin Justin Humphrey to design the oasis which has open-air garden courtyards separating the living spaces, seamlessly blurring the lines between indoors and out.

The single-storey house, built in 2018 by BJ Millar Constructions from natural materials like concrete, stone and timber, has three ensuite bedrooms, a luxury kitchen and a sprawling outdoor entertainment area complete with a swimming pool, sunken lounge and built-in fireplace – all overlooking the Coomera River.

Through the front door of this flat-roofed concrete house in a gated community on the Gold Coast is Australia's 'Home of the Year'

Through the front door of this flat-roofed concrete house in a gated community on the Gold Coast is Australia’s ‘Home of the Year’

High ceilings and glass doors make the north-facing house feel even larger than its 966 square metre floor size, with natural light illuminating every inch as it floods through windows fitted with sleek black frames.

One of the most striking features is the ‘floating’ roof elevated on a raised platform, allowing air to flow throughout in a further nod to the ‘inside out’ theme.

The kitchen dominates the house with its exposed stone walls, charcoal benchtops and a hidden wine cellar, which leads into an open-plan living and dining room and a generously sized butler’s pantry.

A garage with parking space for three cars sits on one side of the house, which is fitted with adjustable screens that draw gentle breezes inside to keep the heat bearable even at the peak of Queensland’s long summer season when temperatures exceed 30 degrees Celsius.

The outdoor entertainment deck has a swimming pool and built-in fireplace, both overlooking the Coomera River

The outdoor entertainment deck has a swimming pool and built-in fireplace, both overlooking the Coomera River

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